Category Archives: App Store
For the last six days, app updates have not been showing up in iTunes on the Mac and on the PC for many people around the globe. I can confirm that app updates have stopped appearing in iTunes on my Mac (while those missing updates still appear in the App Stores on my iPhone and iPad). The problem seems to have started last Tuesday. Since then, no updates have appeared in iTunes.
Not all of us at TUAW are experiencing the loss of functionality of app updates in iTunes, but there is currently a thread in Apple’s discussion forums with more than 120 replies of people stating that app updates have stopped appearing in iTunes on both Macs and PCs. It’s not clear why those affected are and others are not. Reports of missing updates are coming in from people in multiple locales and with various country-specific iTunes accounts (such as the US and the UK).
Apple’s been busy updating its App Store search algorithm in recent weeks, says a report in TechCrunch.
A change made in the past few days is having a significant effect on apps and how they are ranked in search results.
The change was noticed by app marketing company MobileDevHQ. The company tracks Apple Store metrics like search rank to help developers achieve the best position within the App Store. The company claims Apple changed its search algorithm between December 11th and 12th, causing apps to jump on average 41 positions within the App Store.
This is 8 times the normal jump of 5 positions and applies to both iPhone and iPad apps.
If you’re an app developer, you may want to seriously consider localizing all your apps to the Japanese market. That’s because Japanese customers now outspend US customers when it comes to paid-for apps. The news comes from the latest market report from AppAnnie. Some highlights:
Apple’s US App Store now has over 1 million apps available for download, according to app discovery platform Appsfire and confirmed by AppShopper (via MacRumors). As of the time of this writing, there are now 1,006,557 iOS apps available for download in the US with 473,000 of those optimized for the iPad.
Back in October, Apple announced it had over 1 million apps in its world-wide App Store catalog, but this is the first time the number of apps available in the United States App Store has hit the seven-figure mark. As MacRumors notes, its sister site AppShopper, which tracks all iOS apps, says that there have been a total of 1,439,451 iOS apps approved by Apple since the launch of the App Store back in 2008.
Over 1 million apps are now available on the US App Store originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 09 Dec 2013 08:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Tim Cook and Apple’s executive team are always keen to wax lyrical about how many apps have passed through the App Store over the last five years. The majority of the company’s media events heavily feature slides featuring the number of available third-party applications available and the amount of revenue that has been paid out to the developers who create and publish those apps. In the relatively short lifespan of the App Store, Apple has managed to hit, and go beyond some pretty impressive milestones. Recent data from AppsFire suggests that Apple have hit yet another notable goal by now having over one million apps live in the U.S. App Store alone.
The news of the hugely impressive achievement has filtered through from the official AppsFire Twitter account. The company exist as an app discovery platform and regularly monitors and analyze exactly what is going on in Apple’s mobile software marketplace. We’ve heard in the past that more that one million apps have been reviewed and accepted onto the store, but up until now there has never actually been more than one million offerings available at any given time. The impressive statistic continues when you actually stop to consider the supported hardware of those available apps.